Learning the Gospel From My Father

Learning the Gospel From My Father

I grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I can’t really say we were a model LDS family. Oh, in a lot of ways we were, but in some very basic ways we weren’t. We only ever had a handful of Family Home Evenings, we hardly ever ate...

Rules Are Given For A Reason

Rules Are Given For A Reason

When I had my final interview with my stake president so that I could send in my mission papers (my application to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), I was given two points of counsel from my Stake President.  ...

The Matchless Gift of the Savior

The Matchless Gift of the Savior

A great deal of this article is pulled from recent articles of mine, but I have found that repetition truly is a great teacher.   I always wondered how this was going to happen. When word came that it was time to make the trip back to Missouri in preparation for...

Parley P. Pratt

Parley P. Pratt

One of the original twelve apostles called under Joseph Smith, Jr. was Elder Parley P. Pratt. I have always felt an affinity to this man because of the strength and power of the words he has written.   A particular story I recall was when Parley was staying at a...

Jesus Christ and His Pre-mortal Identity

Jesus Christ and His Pre-mortal Identity

The name for the Babe of Bethlehem was given by divine revelation to Mary: “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS” (Luke 1:...

Go and Become a Good Christian

Go and Become a Good Christian

Have you ever had to choose between people you love and something you believe is right? My friend (who asked to remain anonymous) faced that scenario after accepting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She grew up in a Buddhist nation and expected repercussions for accepting...

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

In light of this being Emlee Taylor's last post, we want to say a special thank you for all of her words of encouragement, pieces of advice, and above all, her testimony of the Savior. We are so grateful to have had Emlee with us these past three years, and we'll miss...

Can We Endure Without Seeing the End from the Beginning?

Can We Endure Without Seeing the End from the Beginning?

One of my all-time favorite scriptures is a relatively obscure one — James 5:10-11. It reads,   10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 11 Behold, we count...

Thy Sister’s Keeper

Thy Sister’s Keeper

Into every life there come the painful, despairing days of adversity and buffeting. There seems to be a full measure of anguish, sorrow, and often heartbreak for everyone, including those who earnestly seek to do right and be faithful.   The thorns that prick,...

Fast Offerings

Fast Offerings

To the police officer that pulled me over this morning, thank you.   We don’t normally expect to be grateful to a patrolman for pulling us over. I recognize that. But for me, today, I feel a degree of gratitude. I have been reflecting on the experience all day...

Virtue and Integrity

Virtue and Integrity

There are few things I feel more compelled to talk about these days than virtue and integrity. We are living in a world that seems devoid of both.   I’m involved as a volunteer for an organization to help people with questions and life’s problems. I answer...

A Creation Pattern in 3 Nephi: Life

A Creation Pattern in 3 Nephi: Life

The creation of Life, continuing on the theme of creation in 3 Nephi—to identify it and apply it to myself. First, the earth cleaved. In that destruction, Matter Organized. Secondly, Firmament Divided. The Holy Ghost taught me that the pattern applied to the Earth and...

Missions: It’s Not Where, It’s How

Missions: It’s Not Where, It’s How

My eyes scanned the page at a rate that was probably fast enough to rival the speed of light before I finally found it: I would be serving in Denver, Colorado.   I received my mission call on March 28th of 2013. I had several friends over at my BYU –Idaho...

God’s Love

God’s Love

When the teenaged Nephi, the first Book of Mormon writer whose work we still have, received his first vision, it was in response to his desire to gain a testimony of the vision his father had just seen. While pondering and praying, an angel came to instruct him....

The Symbol of Our Religion

The Symbol of Our Religion

Symbols are all around us. Coins, cards, and cars have them. Backpacking equipment, books, and bikes do, too. Logos, licenses, letters, and lives depict symbols as well.   According to Webster’s dictionary, a symbol is a mark, sign, or word that indicates,...

Am I Crazy or Suffering from Betrayal Trauma?

Am I Crazy or Suffering from Betrayal Trauma?

What is betrayal trauma? First, let’s look at the definition of betrayal. "Betrayal" is the act of betraying someone or something: violation of a person's trust or confidence, of a moral standard, etc. 2: revelation of something hidden or secret.   Secondly,...

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